All About BTC, LTC, ETH mining as well as other alternative crypto currencies
Etherchain have released an open source implementation of pooled mining for Ethereum. Do note however that this software is not a complete mining pool as it only takes care of work distribution and share validation; valid shares are stored into a local database (LevelDB). Reward calculation and payments are not yet implemented, but it should be possible to integrate this software some of the existing open source mining pools. The current implementation is in Go and it might not be the most effective one, apparently the pool is able to process ~600 workers at 30% CPU utilization (1 core) and 70MB RAM usage. The pool has been tested successfully with both the go Ethereum client (geth) and the cpp Ethereum client (eth) as a backend. And while it may not be a complete implementation with full functionality and web-based interface it is still a good starting point for anyone interested in running a mining pool for Ethereum without having to start from scratch.
Blockchain explorers are a very useful tools for any crypto currency as the allow you to follow transactions and diagnose any possible problems when you are sending some coins or should be receiving them. You can also keep track of blocks that have been solved so far and other useful statistical information such as the accounts with the most coins in them and so on. With Ethereum things have been very active since the launch of the Frontier release at the end of last month and the network transactions actually starting to work a few days later. We already have a couple of useful Ethereum blockchain explorers that might be handy for anyone mining Ether (ETH) or willing to do so in the future, or if just interested on how things are progressing with the Ethereum network. Below is a list of Ethereum blockchain explorers that you might want to try out and see which one works best for you and has all of the information that you may need from such a service:
We are using most of the time the Etherchain blockchain explorer, however the others do have some interesting features as well that might be useful at times, so we do recommend checking them all as we’ll probably see more similar services becoming available as well.